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Distracted drivers know risks, do it anyway
6:00 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Survey says distracted drivers know the risks but do it anyway

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A new survey takes a look at the attitudes and behaviors of drivers who are also frequent cell phone users. With new state laws put into effect last week, bringing stiffer penalties for distracted driving, WBFO’s Avery Schneider found out more about how new rules and bad habits combine.

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12:27 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Eck sentenced to 20 years in prison for shooting at deputies

Matthew Eck in Erie County Court.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

Matthew Eck was sentenced to 20 years in prison in Erie County Court Friday. Eck was charged on two counts of attempted second-degree murder for shooting at sheriff's deputies this past spring.

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12:57 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

13-year-old murder suspect may be tried as a juvenile

13-year old Jean Sanchez
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The 13-year old boy accused of killing another teen over a stolen iPhone was back in Erie County Court Monday with attorneys discussing whether to move the case to Family Court.

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You & The Law
5:45 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

You & The Law: Protecting your assets from nursing home costs

Many people worry about the cost of nursing home care through Medicaid costing them their house. On this week's edition of You & The Law, attorney Richard Rosso talks about planning ahead to preserve your assets.

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5:50 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

You & The Law: Rating judicial candidates

Every year, members of the Erie County Bar Association rate candidates for high judicial office and release those ratings. On this week's edition of You & The Law, Bar Association President Laurie Styka Bloom talks about the process.

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3:20 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

You & The Law: Wills in the modern age

While people have been writing wills for a very long time, some things have changed. On this week's edition of You & The Law, Erie County Surrogate Court Judge Barbara Howe talks about how e-mail, the Web and a new state law are adding complexities.

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5:46 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

You & The Law: Removing educators

When a school district wants to fire a teacher or an administrator, there is a legal process to follow. On this week's edition of You & The Law, attorney Andrew Freedman talks about how firings are done and how that process is changing.

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5:45 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

You & The Law: Realtor representation

The home buyer has a lawyer and the home seller has a lawyer, but the realtor in the middle of the transaction doesn't usually have a lawyer. On this week's edition of You & The Law, attorney Marc Brown argues the person in the middle needs an attorney, as well.

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5:45 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

You & The Law: Paying back college loans

The biggest difficulty with college loans is that they have to be paid back. This week on You & The Law, attorney Karen Welch talks about some of the problems of paying back those loans.

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4:50 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

You & The Law: Planning for nursing home costs

If you worry about losing your home because of future Medicaid nursing home costs, there are financial planning techniques you can use. Lawyer Laura Jabrucki talks about the issue on this week's edition of You & The Law.

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5:45 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

You & The Law: Problem-solving courts

Hon. E. Jeannette Ogden talks about problem-solving courts on this week's You & The Law.
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On this week's edition of You & The Law, Buffalo City Court Hon. Judge E. Jeannette Ogden talks about the many problem-solving courts that now exist in the local legal system.

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3:22 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Homeowner's family argues last Flight 3407 lawsuit

Karen Wielinski spoke publicly about surviving Flight 3407 in May of 2009 during NTSB hearings.
Credit WBFO News file photo

A preliminary hearing was held Tuesday in State Supreme Court Tuesday regarding legal claims being made by the family who lived in the home destroyed when Flight 3407 crashed into it in February 2009.

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1:30 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

You & The Law: Pregnant working women

On this week's edition of You & The Law, attorney Lindy Korn talks about legal issues and protections relating to pregnant women in the workplace.

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Legal
5:45 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

You & The Law: Muslim women at Seneca Falls

Seneca Falls in the Finger Lakes has become a symbol for women in this country, the start of a long push for legal equality and the right to vote. Attorney Nadia Shahram is leading a march to Seneca Falls next weekend of American Muslim women pushing for that same equality. On this week's You & The Law, Shahran talks about why.

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You and the Law
3:00 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

You and the Law: More on the IRS and overseas assets

On this week's edition of You and The Law, attorney Michael Tedesco talks with WBFO's Mike Desmond about bargaining with the IRS over taxes on overseas assets.

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You and the Law
2:00 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

You and the Law: IRS Audits

You and the Law continues its recent series on the IRS and tax law.  WBFO's Mike Desmond sits down with attorney Deborah Muhlbauer Weber to learn more about IRS audits.

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You and the Law
2:00 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

You and the Law: Cutting a deal with the IRS

When the IRS comes calling and says it wants its money, what can you do?  Attorney Gary Bluestein answers that question in this week's edition of You and the Law with WBFO's Mike Desmond.

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5:45 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

You & The Law: Taxes and bankruptcy

On this week's edition of You & The Law, attorney Gary Bluestein talks with WBFO's Mike Desmond about taxes and bankruptcy.

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You and the Law
4:00 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

You and the Law: Legal help for troubled companies

When a business goes bad, the owners may need a lawyer.  That's what attorney Dan Brown talks about on today's edition of You and the Law with host Mike Desmond.

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You and the Law
1:00 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

You and the Law: Not reporting foreign accounts could be expensive

If you admit to the IRS that you have overseas cash or bank accounts which should have been reported, you have choices -- most potentially expensive.  On this week's You and the Law, WBFO's Mike Desmond talks with attorney Tiffany Bell about those choices.

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You and the Law
9:45 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

You and the Law: Picking a Jury

If a case goes through the entire legal process, it goes before a jury.  In a previously aired edition of You and the Law, WBFO's Mike Desmond talks with attorney John Licata about picking a jury in a civil case.

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8:19 am
Wed May 14, 2014

New Social Host law aims to curb underage drinking

Erie County Legislator Lynne Dixon discussing Social Host Law.
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A new local law approved by Erie County lawmakers has been designed to curb underage drinking.  WBFO's Eileen Buckley reports the Social Host Law would hold adults accountable for allowing minors to drink on their property.

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You and the Law
9:34 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

You and the Law: Tax liabilities on overseas accounts

There are a lot of people around the world who are Americans for tax purposes and many may not know that. On this week's edition of You and the Law, attorney Randall Andreozzi says there are heavy penalties for those who try to "game" the system.

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You and the Law
9:34 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

You and the Law: Financial planning for gay couples

With the US Supreme Court throwing out the Defense of Marriage Act and New York State allowing same-sex marriage, it changes the financial plans of partners. Continuing our look at estate planning, in this previously aired You and the Law, attorney Mark Peszko talks with WBFO's Mike Desmond about changing financial planning for gay couples.

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5:45 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

You & The Law: Writing a will

Once, most people simply had their lawyer write a will and that was it. On this week's edition of You & The Law, attorney Kenneth Grossberg talks about some of the related issues and complexities.

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You and the Law
8:39 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

You and the Law: Escaping NYS estate taxes

If you don't want to pay estate taxes in New York, you probably have to stop being a New Yorker.  On this week's edition of You and the Law, WBFO's Mike Desmond talks with attorney Leah Adamucci about giving up your New York residency for legal purposes.

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5:45 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

You & The Law: Foreign bank accounts

Do you have a bank account outside the United States? On this week's edition of You & The Law, attorney James Bandoblu talks about foreign accounts and foreign income.

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3:25 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Settlement reached in Wilson house explosion

The house explosion in July 2012 caused the death of 14-year-old Sarah Johnson.
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A settlement has reportedly been reached between NOCO Energy Corp. and the Johnson family, whose home in the Town of Wilson was destroyed by a fatal propane explosion in July of 2012.

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You and the Law
8:45 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

You and the Law: Starting your own company

There are always people who want to start their own businesses.  This was especially true in the wake of the Great Recession.  On this week's You and the Law, WBFO's Mike Desmond talks with attorney Diane Tiverson about the legal issues of starting your own company.

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You and the Law
8:33 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

You and the Law: Parental Support

A New Jersey teen left her family house and sued her parents to force them to pay her high school tuition and future college tuition.  On this week's edition of You and the Law attorney Ken Olena talks with WBFO's Mike Desmond about when the courts can declare a child independent and still be supported by parents...or not supported.

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